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Fighting invasive aquatic plant in Central Wisconsin

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Our area is being invaded by an aquatic plant.

The Purple Loosestrife has been popping up along lakes, rivers and wetlands. It decreases the value, health and function of the ecosystem.

The Marathon County Conservation Department is putting an end to the plant by released thousands of the plant's arch nemesis--the Cella Beetle.

"The beetle comes out here, it reduces the flowering and the seeds of the plants," said Angie Weninger, a CPZ technician "Over time, it will reduce the populations of the plant."

The bugs were released at Rookery Park in Rib Mountain Thursday. They can survive Wisconsin winters, and will help fight the rapidly spreading plant.

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